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    I own and use the 50/1.8, the 100/2.8 and the 135/2.8. Personally I like these three better for travel than their AIs counterparts on size/weight issues alone, although my 105/2.5 is possibly the finest chunk of glass I own. My current 135 is the third one I've owned since 1982. I've owned a couple of 135/2.8 AIs as well but I always keep going back to the E series.

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    I've used 35mm F2.5 and 50mm F1.8 E series lenses, and optically they were okay. But the built quality was not something I'd prefer. So, I got rid of them, and as a replacement for the 50 I got the "Japan-only" AiS version, which almost has the same built quality as the regular AiS lenses, and I'm pretty happy with it.

    This lenses is sharper and better than the E Series one I had, and it focuses down to 45cm, not 60cm that the "export version" does, so there's just a lot more use in general photography.

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    I have (in ascending order of focal length) the 28mm, the 35mm, two 50mm (one newer design, one older), and the 70-210 zoom.

    The two 50mm are great. The older one feel like it has a bit of play in the focus, but it isn't anything that has ever impacted image quality. The 35mm is perhaps my favorite. A bit wide, but not tooo wide and no optical distortion that I have ever seem. The 28mm is my least favorite; I have never done any measurements to look for distorion, but things never look quite right. It could also be that I don't like anything quite that wide. The 70-210 is a beast. It is big and heavy. I find that it is quite useable, but I find the camera + lens simply isn't comfortable to hold, not because of weight, but because of balance. My usual use then is on a tripod and it gives very good results there.

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    I've used the 50 and 100 with good results

  5. #25

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Aspen View Post
    As far as the 50 is concerned, same formula, more plastic, single coated. I have used and compared the E series and several ''regular" fifties and I couldn't see any difference up to 11x14 under normal picture taking circumstances. Actual experience, not hearsay.

    Just my .02,

    -Fred
    From when I had an Fm2, I have a 20x30 inch print of the london eye made with plus-x. Grainy at that size, but damn was that lens sharp.

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    Durability was the main drawback to them. If you give them a bump on the front the focusing helical will actually jump a thread & jam. The good thing is they could be repaired by disassembly & realignment. Today they're not worth the cost of repair.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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